Board of DirectorsThe GSNN Board of Directors represents leadership in public education from elementary through university, environmental education and healthy schools experts along with green student activists groups.
Jennifer Seydel, PhD.
Executive Director, Green Schools National Network
Jennifer Seydel brings more than 40 years of experience preparing youth for success in an ever-changing world to her role as Executive Director of Green Schools National Network (GSNN). Jenny has taught at grade levels from kindergarten to graduate school, worked in public schools and nonprofits, has been involved with starting numerous public charter schools, has extensive experience with at-risk children, and has worked with educators across the country and eastern Asia. Prior to her role with GSNN, she was a school designer with Expeditionary Learning for twelve years, providing school coaching, leadership development, and curriculum design support to schools nationwide. She was the lead author of one of the first integrated curriculum modules that combines Common Core State Standards in ELA with Next Generation Science Standards.
Bridgitte Alomes, President
Founder and CEO, Natural Pod
Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 10,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 40,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.
Robert W. Moje, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President
Founding Principal, VMDO
A founding principal of VMDO, Bob Moje is a passionate advocate for today’s “New Learner.” Bob strategically supports VMDO’s nationally-recognized K-12 studio by mentoring design teams to create schools where every space presents an opportunity for learning and students are inspired to be active participants in the learning process. Part of Bob’s commitment to educational facility design stems from his own intellectual curiosity and desire to learn. He partners with diverse organizations to expand educational planning and design, including collaborations with the National Institutes of Health to study the environmental effects of school buildings on children’s health and the U.S. Green Building Council to develop a LEED credit for school buildings that contribute to occupant physical fitness and health.
William D. Almond, FASLA, CLARB
President, Principal Landscape Architect, WPL
William D. Almond, FASLA, CLARB is a licensed Landscape Architect with 41 years’ experience on a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, military, and institutional projects. Prior to establishing the landscape architectural division at WPL, Mr. Almond was Senior Associate at the Norfolk based architectural firm of Shriver and Holland Associates for over 21 years. He has extensive ties to his local community, serving on city council appointed boards and commissions and local neighborhood civic leagues. Mr. Almond received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Distinction degree from Virginia Tech in 1978.
Head of School, Conserve School
Stefan Anderson is the Head of School for Conserve School, an environmentally focused semester school in northern Wisconsin that draws students from across the country. Conserve School was recognized in 2014 as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Stefan studied physics at St. Olaf College where he spent the summers studying glaciers and falling in love with the Cascade Mountains. After earning a Masters in physics from MIT, he began his work with high school students and teachers in Minneapolis. Stefan attributes his passion for inspiring young environmental stewards to the outdoor loving adults who allowed him to spend significant amounts of unstructured time in the woods as a child. He believes that effective environmental education must engage the heart, head, and the hands.
Superintendent of Encinitas Union School District, Retired
Dr. Timothy Baird recently retired as superintendent of Encinitas Union School District (EUSD). His retirement caps 10 years of service to EUSD, 16 years of service as a superintendent, and 39 years of service as a public educator. During Dr. Baird’s tenure at EUSD, the district was recognized as a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District and won recognition for its innovative use of technology, being one of the first districts in the nation with a one-to-one iPad program starting in 2011. EUSD also received state and national awards for developing learner personalized teaching practices and for its focus on teaching to the whole child. Since retiring, Dr. Baird has remained active as a writer, presenter, and educational leadership consultant. He is a frequent presenter at environmental, technology, and curricular conferences.
Michelle E. Carpenter
Director for Education and Government Segments, Shaw Contract
Michelle E. Carpenter is director for education and government segments at Shaw Contract, a global flooring manufacturer. In her work, Michelle takes on creative challenges to research, design, and innovate flooring solutions that transform education and government environments around the globe. As a lifelong learner, Michelle continuously seeks to understand how physical space impacts people and process to better serve her clients within the education and government sectors. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Distribution and Logistics Marketing from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s degree in Management from Aquinas College.
Environmental Education Consultant
Al Stenstrup, retired in 2014 from his position as Director of Education Programs for the American Forest Foundation and Project Learning Tree. Al has worked in education for over 40 years – including teaching at both the middle school and university level, directing a nature center, and conducting professional development workshops around the world. In 2017, he formed a nonprofit organization, Our First Garden, Inc. The mission of the group is to support the building and operation of gardens and natural outdoor play areas on school grounds in developing countries. Al has been an advocate for Green Schools at the state, national and global levels.
Alison Suffet-Diaz, J.D.
Founder/Director of Growth and Sustainability, Environmental Charter Schools
Alison Suffet Diaz is Founder and Director of Growth and Sustainability of Environmental Charter Schools, Lawndale, CA. In her current role, Alison focuses on school growth; manages mission-aligned green school facilities development, management, and operations; spearheads sustainability initiatives; liaises with national and local green school partners; and oversees development, partnerships, and advocacy. Alison earned her teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, B.S. in Business from State University of New York, Albany and Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School.
Acting Global Managing Director
As Acting Global Managing Director, Global Lands at The Nature Conservancy, Jennifer Tabola leads performance management, operations, and talent across a diverse portfolio of land-based conservation strategies. She also plays a leading role managing across communications, policy, and land-based natural climate solutions to elevate nature-based climate solutions as a critical component for achieving international carbon mitigation commitments. Jennifer is a member of her local Environmental Services Council and is a certified Master Naturalist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology and completed the Humanities Honors Program, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.